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responding to a challenging architecture and landscape



The University of Sussex had multiple wayfinding issues – primarily around accessibility – as a result of its complex topology and architectural language, and so asked fwdesign to address these problems.


Our strategy addressed the requirements of whole campus and all users, however budgets dictated a phased approach. The first phase was a new campus map that could be used in the existing information structures and was incorporated into the University's online and printed communications. Following this a vehicular and pedestrian wayfinding strategy was developed and has been implemented through a distinctive design concept which is based on an 'open frame' structure that is sympathetic to the architecture. It also provides a modular, easily updateable approach for temporary and event information. The choice of materials is durable and reflects the architectural palette.


"fwdesign has designed and delivered a unique wayfinding system and product family that complements the University architecture and successfully translates a complicated landscape. The nature of the banked campus and design of architecture presented a difficult wayfinding challenge, however, their solution has met all our users' needs. They have supported us and met our requirements, from the initial wayfinding audit right through to implementation." 

Maureen Cherry, Deputy Head of Projects, University of Sussex

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